I like to reuse old doors. 5 and 6 panel doors are great sources for side and end panels for shelves, islands, chests, etc. I got this door for 9 dollars at an estate sale and here is what I did with it.

I think it turned out pretty good. I used real milk paint for the body and I will just leave the top alone. Based off of a 6 board chest, so the plans are simple and widely available. Oh, and I used both American and French nails to be multicultural.


First attempt.

IMG_20180410_225621578So I made a six board chest.  The good people at Wall number provided the pine and planed it.  I thought about planing it myself.  I have the planes, bench, etc.  What I lack is time.  So I traded some “hand made character” for actually completing my project.  I read other writers that emphasize the texture and feel of the hand planed wood in their projects.  I think that’s great, but between two jobs and a kid, I barely get to the shed some weeks.  So I made a hand cut, drilled, fitted, cut nailed piece of old school furniture.  Mostly by hand.  And I’m damn proud of it.

It ain’t pottery Barn

Sometimes I am given a project that is inspired by what has been seen elsewhere.  This is one of those.IMG_20180404_182513224.jpgIt isn’t finished yet.  But much like most of the rest of my child’s furniture, it is made by me.  There is no high gloss sheen to the finish, and there are some rough spots, but it’s there, she loves it, and it is rock solid.

Master of Nothing

In the shed right now you will find two end tables being refinished, an island being built, dovetail practice, and a green wood chair. I am not a master, but I can make a whole bunch of stuff for my house and others

Lost Art Press


One of the common criticisms I hear of North American woodworkers is that we try to do so many things – casework, carving, veneering, chairmaking, turning – that we never become good at any one of those things.

There’s truth to the criticism. When I work side-by-side with traditionally trained European woodworkers, they beat the pants off me (speed-wise). German, English and Swiss joiners can cut dovetails and assemble casework much faster than I can.

I do get a small measure of revenge when I pick up a turning tool without a second thought to make a leg or knob. Most of them have never touched a lathe, worked with green timber, dealt with compound-angle wet/dry chair joints or carved even a simple detail.

Maybe it’s the frontier blood in our veins or the fact that our society never embraced the European apprentice system for woodworking. There was just too…

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